On One Hand

March 18, 2005

Poetry 6:6-8 (An Experiment in Translation)

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When you write poetry, go into a private room, shut the door, and write in secret. There, words that churn up through silence will say what they must with precision. When you write poetry, do not use meaningless crypticism and heavy devices as the self-important do. Such people think that writing so will make their words profound, but instead their work is gutted of truth and in the end says nothing. Do not write like that: ignore your fear and ego to let the poems speak themselves, because true poems know what to say before they are written.

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